Friday, 31 December 2010

Plum Cox Round 6

Just in time!

I know that the tree was supposed to just be in the lower block, but it refused to play by the rules....and I'd like to say a big 'thank you' to everyone who's used those lovely floating circles so far - I think that you can see why I'd be saying that (thanks guys!).

Happy New Year, everyone!

Thursday, 30 December 2010

R6: Kate (2nd piece)

Down to the wire! But, as with yesterday's offering, I have actually cheated and finished the next step, too - I'll be scheduling my posting of round 7 for about 2 minutes after midnight on January 1st...

Wednesday, 29 December 2010

R6: Kate

Finally got around to doing one of my round 6 blocks - the other will be on tomorrow's list. Cutting it fine on this one, I know, but I shall make up for it by posting January first thing on the first - I know I can do that, as I have sneakily employed my host's priviledge and already added the January blocks. Cheeky, I know, but there have to be a few perks, right?

Thursday, 23 December 2010

SHRR 6 Julie

I didn't think I'd get it done this month but here is my Round 6.  I made up the 9"x3" block with curved piecing again and then added a 4"x3" square of dupion silk.  I think I got a bit confused when I added the strip as it would have looked better on the left, and it would have matched the instructions!  I may yet take it off and stitch it on the left side or I may add some applique to break up the blue areas.  However, I am chuffed that just by chance the first blue block above the red matches up with the line of adjacent blue.  I'm looking forward to the next bit as ever!

Sunday, 19 December 2010

Benta's round six

Apologies for totally disregarding Kate's instructions for round six ... I had two black and white orphan log cabin blocks that I wanted to use now that they were a bit removed from their twin from round 1, so I have added them despite them being far wider than the three inches recommended!

I was slightly better behaved on the pink version: I didn't add two blocks, but my pin wheels do add up to the correct dimensions. My pin wheels are wonky and their points don't match, but the main objective was to make myself do them to check whether I really didn't like them, or whether I just thought I didn't like them! CONCLUSION: I like the look of pin wheels, but I really don't like making them.

Thanks Kate for arranging this: I look forward to 1st January :-)

(For anyone who is keeping up, yes, there is a pale blue SAHR, but no, I haven't got to that one yet!)

R6 Narelle

With all this rainy weather we've been having, it's perfect for some sewing time. So while the sky has been rumbling and the rain pouring down, I took out both my tan and blue scrap containers and started on Round 6.

Today I looked through my "100 Quilt Blocks" book for some inspiration for piecing.

Both have a plain 4" x 3" piece at the top ready for some embelishment later on. Then for the tan project I made 3 small versions of a block called 'Bright Hopes'.

For the blue one I found 'Rope and Anchor' which is a 9" block and made a third of it.

I really am pleased with the way these two have evolved and can't wait for January and instructions for round 7.

Wishing everyone a joyous Christmas.

Monday, 13 December 2010

R6: Sarah

Thought I had better get round 6 done before Christmas takes over. But now I've seen the photograph I've realised I should have sown it the other way round - its top heavy with blue at the bottom!! Oh well I'll have to unpick it.

Saturday, 11 December 2010

Step #5 completed

I have caught up to step #5 now...only 1 more to be caught up to the group!
I blogged about it here.

Tuesday, 7 December 2010

Round 6 - Rhonda

I've just finished round 6 of Stay-at-home-Robin. For once, I'm on schedule and caught up.  The colors I'm working with are from several designers: Civil War, Thimbleberry, Moda and a couple of others I can't remember at the moment.

Sunday, 5 December 2010

R4: Kathy

R5: Rhonda

Rd 6: Cheryll S

Couldn't resist the little snowman... so He found a home in the corner.

Rd 5: Cheryll S

I did actually add 2 pieces as instructed - 4x6 and 4x7 - to the bottom of my block. I joined the 2 blocks together in the blue fabric. If you look closely you can see the join in the middle of the red fabric above it.

Friday, 3 December 2010

R6: Cherie

I jumped right on round 6, woo hoo!!

R6: Janet

As the two blocks in this round hit the edge, I wanted to make sure I balanced out some of the elements I have been using. Thus the 3x4 at the top repeats the triangles from the other side and balances the light pieces. Then I used the 3x9 to pull the darkest brown over for balance. The picture really doesn't fully show the richness of the fabrics, but you can kind of feel the wheat stalk through the two new sections. We'll see when all is said and done. I do suspect that I have some areas that will lend themselves to embellishing It's weird when you have all these ideas but you don't know where the piece is going and which of your ideas may work out or not. This has been a fun project so far and has really made me think about my fabrics, values and shapes as I go.

Wednesday, 1 December 2010

Round 6

So, time for round six! This month we will be adding two pieces to the left hand side - 3x9" and 3x4". As with last month, I think you will have more fun if you try to make them quite separate.

As you can see from the overall layout below, we are not far away from finishing the basic piecing part of our tops (embellishments, etc being the later required additions).

R5: Toni

Whew....with a few hours to spare left in November (according to Eastern Standard Time Zone), I finished my Round 5 this evening.  Now awaiting for Round 6 tomorrow :)

Tuesday, 30 November 2010

R5: Winter Star

Another round 5 completion - this one is blogged about over here...

R5: Betsy

R5: Plum

For some reason, Blogger has been giving Plum a hard time about uploading this, so instead, she sent it to me to do, but I haven't had a chance until today, despite it being with me last week. Apologies! Here's where she's blogged about it...

Monday, 29 November 2010

R5: Cherie

I completed number 5 just in the nick of time! I did make step 5 in two blocks as directed but wanted them tied together so I used bright blue on the bottom of each. I will embellish the left side so I purposefully left an open space.

Monday, 15 November 2010

R5: Kate

I think I need to get some more dark fabric into this one before it's too late!

Sunday, 14 November 2010

Thursday, 11 November 2010

R5: Vero

R5: Amo

Amo has blogged about her round 5 addition over here. I really want to see this one in person - or more precisely, I'd like to feel it - doesn't it look like it has great texture?

Sunday, 7 November 2010

R5: Narelle

I'm loving the way these two are the same but taking their own path at the same time.

I decided to try and balance the little 4 patches bottom right with some more in the top section.

When it came to the blue, I wanted to add triangles but was struggling with the 4"x6" so I went with two 4"x4"'s. Again to balance the 4 patches bottom right, I ended up with a 4"x5" of checkers.
I look forward to seeing where and what step 6 will be. It's getting exciting now that there is only minimal space left on the virtual quilt.
Thanks Kate :o)

Thursday, 4 November 2010

R4: Lisa

Lisa has now added Round 4 to both of her pieces - and they are both great.

R5: Julie

You probably can't tell from the photo above but I have definitely made 2 separate blocks in the required sizes. The first block on the right is the blue panel with the snowball block. I have never done a snowball block before and I think my triangles may be a bit big but I like the effect and it leaves an area for potential embellishment later.

The 7" x 4" panel was constructed with more free-curved piecing echoing the fabrics elsewhere in the piece.

I never thought to check how much fabric I had got before I started this Round Robin so each month I am having to improvise with some of the smaller scraps I have. Round Robin is the mother of invention ;))

R5: Janet

My picture is a little dark, but here is my round 5. I kind of adapted the traditional Prairie Queen block to make the 4x6 and then added just a strip of the paisley material for the 4x7. I actually piece the bottom row of the Prairie Queen on upside down, but it seemed to work for me visually so I left it. It's all a grand experiment anyway. There is another tiny error that I told about in my blog but's all a grand's stretching my creative thinking and my sewing I love it. Thanks, Kate. I'll be ready for round 6

Tuesday, 2 November 2010

R1, R2, R3 & R 4 : Marianne

Hi, I'm Marianne.
Thanks for allowing me to join in. I was searching for a round robin and this is so different I had to try it.

I've gone off on a different route. Instead of piecing my blocks I am using rubber stamps, inks, paint and sharpies. I will be doing more piecing with step 5.

#1 is the center block with the numbers and the word, both done with rubber stamps
#2 is to the left of center- red purple and blue with stamped stitches.
#3 top has three green stamped patches on what was once a cream swirl print. I darkened it with ink to a golden color
#4 to the right is a basket weave print over colored with purple ink. The dark line is a little over 1/4 inch from the edge so it will still be visible when an if something is added to that side.
Hopefully when I add step #5 I'll be able to get a better photo. The colors are off a bit.

R4 & R5: Gene

Following Cherie's lead to leave some room for embellishment (and because I was LATE doing this round) I have added blank strips to each of my Stay At Home Robins.

And then for Round Five I have added more "free pieced" sections to this one.

While using a wonky cut piece from a block of half-square triangles on the left and a plain piece with an appliqued half-square triangle block on it for the top right. .

Don't forget that Round Five is already posted.

Monday, 1 November 2010

Round 5!

Yep, it's a new month (sorry about that...)

This month, you will be adding two pieces to your quilt top - although they have the effect of making up a single piece, the fact that they are two separate units means that you should treat them as such stylistically, rather than just jamming them together into one big piece, if you see what I mean. So, add two pieces, 4"x6" and 4"x7" (finished sizes) to the top of your quilt. Which you place to the left and which to the right is up to you. And of course, as usual, if you prefer to add these to the bottom rather than the top, that's ok as well.

Here's my virtual quilt - I have added a coffee cup block with a brown rectangle (the 4x7 piece) and another framed railfence block (the 4x6" piece) to the top of the virtual quilt.

Here's the overall view of the quilt, so you can see what we're talking about in terms of placement (though the border is only for reference; our instructions will not include a border). The top of the built piece has now reached the top of the planned space (though of course, for some of you, it may not, if you've been adding to the bottom instead of the top, etc).

I haven't made my actual pieces for this month yet, but as soon as I get them done, I'll post them here... Hopefully before too long!

Saturday, 30 October 2010

R4: Annette

Here's the latest addition from Annette - she's blogged about it over here.

Friday, 29 October 2010

R4: Cherie

Easy, peasy...just a plain strip this time but this leaves room for some appliqued circles or something later :)

Wednesday, 20 October 2010

R4: Narelle

Finally found or made the time today to add round 4 to my blocks. I'm adding a little bit of red to this one and might just applique a couple of those hearts to the bottom right corner.

Looking forward to November's addition ... wonder where it will go.

Tuesday, 19 October 2010

R4: Amo

Amo has done her round 4 now, though according to her blog, she's not entirely happy with it. Me, I like it!